Carol’s book list

In our Hunter one-name study, the General Register Office is a great place to find data on births, marriages, deaths, occupations (especially researching the medical field), and family patterns of morbidity and mortality prior to general registration. When did doctors first start to take over classification of death on death certificates?

When national registration was set up the medical profession must have helped construct the ‘nosologies’ categories of causes of death to be used. From the beginning if people had a medical attendant at death then the doctor would inform the Registrar in a signed statement. But the bulk of the population did not. Three parties were involved here, the original informant using ‘folklore’, the Registrar trying to make that into something acceptable to write on the certificate and the clerks in London who have to put it into a category. The history of death registration shows the medical profession slowly becoming involved but always using the current ‘nosology’ of the ONS. Once we had the NHS everyone had a GP but the informant was still a member of the family.

The classifications; the ‘Nosologies’ changed with increased medical knowledge and are still changing ie what is happening to calculation of Corvid deaths.

The next of kin of the dead one are required, when they can, to report a death. Certificates post 1870 began to detail the relationship.

“Old Age” is no longer accepted as cause of death. This category was originally used in 1837 but no longer is this category seen.

There are two books added to my library:

People Count A history of the General Register Office by Muriel Nissel (1987) and An Atlas of Victorian Mortality by Robert Woods & Nicola Shelton.

Author: Hunter One Name Study

I have been researching my family tree for over thirty-three years and a member of Clan Hunter. In 2015 I registered the surname Hunter with the Guild of One-Name Studies and this blog will be my goal to share my research, photos, and as the clan's travel agent 2017 I will be adding our Clan Hunter Gathering 2017 which was very special because our Clan Hunter's 30th Laird participated in the opening of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle August 5th, 10:30 p.m. with her clansmen. Find A Grave contributor #47833985 Being a travel agent since 1991 I am a SCOTSagent, BRITagent, and at the present have two group tours to Scotland in 2017. One is a Clan Hunter Gathering at Hunterston Castle given by Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston, 30th Laird of Clan Hunter.

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